Lord Ribeiro is a retired surgeon, Commissioner to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University. His lecture will explore medicine and politics, and how the experience of one can help shape the policies of the other. He will share his experience of training and practice as a surgeon in the NHS and his transition to politics in the House of Lords, reflecting on issues relating to the medical workforce and how higher education can encourage diversity in the future workforce of the NHS to reflect the patients they serve.
Lord Ribeiro qualified as a doctor in 1967 and became a Consultant in General Surgery at Basildon Hospital in Essex in 1979, where he pioneered the use of keyhole surgery. He served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005-2008. He was made a life peer in 2010 and has since held a number of public sector positions including Chairman of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, advising the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Lord Ribeiro currently sits on the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Diversity Review Panel and was recently appointed to the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to provide medical and public health expertise.